Championship strugglers Owls and Boro share spoils

Published on: 19 September 2023

Darragh Lenihan's equaliser helped Middlesbrough avoid a sixth loss of the season

Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough remain rooted in the Championship relegation zone after sharing the spoils at Hillsborough.

After an early stoppage due to home fans throwing tennis balls on the pitch in protest at their ownership, Wednesday took the lead when Anthony Musaba fired in from seven yards.

Darragh Lenihan levelled shortly after half-time, turning home a corner, and, from there, the visitors began to take control.

Boro's Matt Crooks had a goal disallowed for offside as the visitors had the better of the second period although George Byers missed a good late chance for Wednesday.

Both teams have just two points apiece after seven games with Wednesday above bottom side Boro by virtue of the Owls' superior goal difference.

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Wednesday defender Pol Valentin had an early long-range effort saved before another shot from the Spaniard was almost diverted in by Ashley Fletcher at the far post.

There was a short delay after a section of Wednesday fans lobbed tennis balls on to the surface in protest at chairman Dejphon Chansiri, and Boro went close to taking the lead 11 minutes later when Samuel Silvera's effort from six yards out was blocked after a good cross from Josh Coburn.

Josh Windass was forced off with an injury, and it was his replacement Musaba who put the Owls ahead as he side-footed home Di'Shon Bernard's cross after the centre-back's run from deep was picked out by Valentin.

Boro improved after the break as Silvera went close with an early effort before Lenihan took advantage of some poor defending to turn in the equaliser.

Crooks thought he had put Boro ahead soon after as he stooped to nod in a Lenihan header, but he had just got in front of the last defender and was flagged offside while Coburn cut in from the left and rifled a shot just past the Wednesday far post.

But the Owls could have won it in the 90th minute when the ball fell to Byers on the edge of the box, only for his attempt to curl an effort into the left corner to go well wide and sum up both sides' misfiring starts to the season.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsSheff Wed

Formation 3-4-2-1


    36Vásquez17Bernard5Diaby23Famewo14Valentín22HendrickSubstituted forByersat 59'minutesBooked at 86mins10Bannan15DelgadoSubstituted forPalmerat 69'minutes21BuckleySubstituted forBakinsonat 69'minutes11WindassBooked at 31minsSubstituted forMusabaat 35'minutes27FletcherSubstituted forGregoryat 59'minutes




Formation 4-2-3-1

1Dieng3van den Berg6Fry26Lenihan27Engel7Hackney28O'Brien18Silvera25Crooks8McGree19Coburn

    1Dieng3van den Berg6Fry26Lenihan27EngelSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutesBooked at 48mins7Hackney28O'Brien18SilveraSubstituted forRogersat 90'minutes25Crooks8McGreeSubstituted forGreenwoodat 68'minutes19Coburn


    2Smith4Barlaser9Latte Lath10Rogers11Jones16Howson17McNair23Glover29Greenwood

Referee:David WebbAttendance:22,975Match StatsHome TeamSheff WedAway TeamMiddlesbroughPossessionHome38%Away62%ShotsHome9Away10Shots on TargetHome2Away3CornersHome3Away4FoulsHome13Away8Live Text Post update

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 1.

90'+7'Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 1.

90'+7'Post update

Attempt missed. Sam Greenwood (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

90'+5'Post update

Lewis O'Brien (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+5'Post update

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

90'+4'Post update

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Di'Shon Bernard.

90'Post update

Attempt missed. George Byers (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Gregory.


Substitution, Middlesbrough. Morgan Rogers replaces Samuel Silvera.


George Byers (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86'Post update

Samuel Silvera (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'Post update

Foul by George Byers (Sheffield Wednesday).

84'Post update

Foul by Samuel Silvera (Middlesbrough).

84'Post update

Anthony Musaba (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'Post update

Attempt blocked. Pol Valentín (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83'Post update

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Rav van den Berg.

82'Post update

Josh Coburn (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82'Post update

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

80'Post update

Seny Dieng (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80'Post update

Foul by Lee Gregory (Sheffield Wednesday).

79'Post update

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

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